Highway Loss Data Institute Study: States that legalized marijuana sales have higher rates of car crashes than neighboring states that don’t allow pot sales
Article from Governing Magazine.
States that legalized marijuana sales have higher rates of car crashes than neighboring states that don’t allow pot sales. At least, that’s what researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute. Other experts, looking at other data, have seen no significant effect in the number of crashes since the first three states legalized marijuana sales. Some research even suggests that crashes have declined.
The False Dichotomy of Legalization and Criminalization. A TED Talk about the movement of marijuana legalization.
Information from a SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) e-mail:
Evidence emerging from states where marijuana is already legal demonstrates that the legalization of marijuana is failing to achieve the promises made by activists to protect public health, reduce discrimination, and achieve social justice. A recent report from the American Automobile Association shows that Washington State has seen a doubling in the number of fatal drugged driving crashes since legalization. In Colorado, a recent report from the state's public safety agency reveals that after the state legalized the drug, marijuana-related arrests for black and Hispanic youth rose by 58 and 29 percent, respectively, while arrest rates for white kids dropped by eight percent. Moreover, few marijuana businesses are minority-owned even while the vast majority of them operate and advertise in low-income communities of color.
Also see "Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization" a 2016 report on data from the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN KANSAS
Kansas Health Institute "Health Assessment"
The following is the bill status on marijuana related bills as of 3/5/17:
Agricultural Hemp Bills
HB2182 authorized the farming of industrial hemp below the .3% THC level. It has been exempted from deadlines and is still active. A hearing was held in the House Commerce, Labor, and Economic Develop Committee on February 15. The committee has not yet acted on the bill. The bill in its current form does not meet the requirements of the Federal Farm Act and would be in violation of federal law.
See the bill history and a link to the bill at this link.
HB2209 would authorize the Dept of Agriculture and Universities to operate research based programs on industrial or agricultural hemp. It would have been in compliance with the Federal Farm Act. It was assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture but did not have a hearing. It is not eligible for further action this year.
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